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In 2013, I had the opportunity to pursue my Masters degree in the University of Oslo through a scholarship program. And through that degree, I was able to conduct a study on inclusive education. It is entitled ‘School inspection and its influence in the quality development of inclusive education practices in Uganda’.
The study aimed at exploring how school inspection may influence the quality development of inclusive education practices. The Human Relations and the scientific theories were used to help in the clarification of concepts and to state the role of school inspection in the education sector. I chose the qualitative approach for the study with reference to the qualitative research design. Semi structured interviews, participant observation and document analysis which targeted the school inspectors, teachers and head teachers were used to collect the data. Three themes emerged from my study:
The findings of my study suggested that school inspection plays a pertinent role in influencing the quality of education. Strengths and weaknesses were also cited within the study and there was no cause of regret because education is an issue requiring innovations and that uncertainties can be welcome.
school inspection plays a pertinent role in influencing the quality of education.
The recommendations were drawn which suggested professional awareness, role of leadership, renewed vision and more research to be instituted in the field of school inspection. The conclusion and the general analysis suggested that the study was conducted on a small scale due to the nature of the research design adopted and the few number of informants. My study therefore was not generalized to the whole country. However it was noted that school inspection plays an important role in influencing and improving the quality of inclusive education particularly in Kumi district where the study was conducted. It was also noted that though the field of school inspection had achieved much, there is still much to be desired from school inspection based on the challenges the stakeholders face in the bid to improve education.
though the field of school inspection had achieved much, there is still much to be desired from school inspection based on the challenges the stakeholders face in the bid to improve education.
To get the full copy of my study, you may access it here.
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Sarah has a Masters of Philosophy in Special Needs Education. She is an advocate of the rights of the vulnerable groups especially children with disabilities. She has worked with various organizations like World Vision in creating awareness about the rights of children with disabilities. Currently she runs a goat farming business in Uganda where she educates women on the importance of farming.